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Metro Tries To Rein In MetroAccess

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By David Schultz

To balance its budget, Metro is proposing a major fare hike for MetroAccess users.

Mary Remley, a MetroAccess rider, says similar proposed fare hikes for bus and rail don't even compare.

"You're talking about a 15 percent increase [for them]," says Remley. "We're talking about a double increase for MetroAccess riders."

And she says people with disabilities are the least able to pay for this, since their unemployment rate is sky high.

"How are they going to afford this?" she asks.

But of course, Metro could say the same thing about itself, since its MetroAccess costs have ballooned in recent years. According to a report by former General Manger David Gunn, they've increased by 300 percent over the last decade. Gunn says Metro needs to get this under control, before it can be on firm financial ground.

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